The Internet has given rise to a seemingly endless barrage of scams, and one recent web-based scheme uses the popularity of teeth whitening products to dupe consumers out of their money.
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your smile, it’s advisable to consult with your dentist. Professional teeth whitening conducted by a knowledgeable dentist offers a number of advantages over retail bleaching products, and your dentist will also assess your oral health to ensure teeth whitening is the right choice for you.
The Whitetime Scam
A number of British consumers responded to online ads for a “risk-free” trial of a teeth-whitening product known as Whitetime only to find themselves later being billed the equivalent of hundreds of dollars for products that they didn’t want or didn’t receive.
According to an article in The Mirror, Whitetime is a Polish enterprise run by 20-year-old Piotr Kaszubski, who is also known by the alias Peter Cash. The article states that Whitetime responded that customers were being charged after their free trials per the terms and conditions of the promotion, but many people say they were never provided with terms and conditions, and a number of consumers said they never received a free trial or subsequent products.
Although there are currently no documented complaints regarding Whitetime in the United States, The Mirror in a separate article provides information on how to fight Whitetime if you fell victim to the scam.
Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening
A teeth whitening treatment administered by an experienced dentist offers a number of benefits when compared with over-the-counter teeth whitening kits available in retail stores and online.
Professional teeth whiteners used by dentists contain stronger brightening agents and are applied with custom-fit trays that evenly disperse the whitening gel and limit contact with your gums; over-the-counter whiteners often provide spotty results, and they require weeks of use to achieve a noticeable difference in brightness. Professional teeth whitening provides visible, uniform results in a single treatment.
If discolored or stained teeth have you feeling self-conscious about your smile, please contact The Studio for Exceptional Dentistry or call our office at 709-602-2614 to schedule your teeth whitening consultation with Dr. Andrew Hall. Dr. Hall is proud to provide comprehensive general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services to patients from the Colorado Springs area.